Online Brainstorming Tools: Google Docs Drawing Reviewed

Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is discussing brainstorming tools. Today's review: Google Docs Drawing. Schools offering Children`s Book Illustration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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What Is It?

Google Docs' drawing feature is a part of the overall Google Docs program. No downloads or membership purchases are required, though you do need to have a Google account to use this feature. You don't necessarily need to sign up for a Gmail account, though; you can use your existing email address for registration. If you already use Gmail, you don't need to sign up for anything.

You can use the drawing feature to make flow charts, diagrams and other simple graphics. Users are given a good amount of control over what tools they use, including a variety of line, shape and arrow drawing tools. If you're having trouble getting started, there are some Google Docs templates that include drawing features. You can also start completely from scratch. What you use the drawing tools for is limited basically by the available tools and your imagination.

What Makes It Cool?

One big plus for the drawing feature is the fact that it's completely free. Additionally, since it's part of Google Docs, you can use this program along with other document creation tools, making it more versatile than a lot of the other programs I reviewed. Sharing is also easy. Like other Google Docs documents, you can share your drawings among users with Google accounts and control access by giving editing privileges, or limiting access to viewing alone.

What Are Its Drawbacks?

This drawing tool isn't as structured and developed as some of the other brainstorming programs I reviewed. The tools are easy to use, but there aren't a whole lot of options for aesthetic manipulation. You can come up with good-looking charts and graphs, but the graphics aren't as polished or high quality as those in some other programs.

Where Can I Find It?

Click here to sign up for a Google account and explore the drawing function.

The Education Techie will continue to review brainstorming tools next week. Check back then, and don't forget to read reviews of Gliffy, Inspiration, Mindjet's MindManager, and SmartDraw.

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